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Four works by George Cruikshank bound together, including:  (1) Phrenological Illustrations, or An Artist's View of the Craniological System of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim.  (2) Illustrations of Time.  (3) Scraps and Sketches.  To be Continued Occasionally.  (4) Scraps and Sketches, Part the Second., Cruikshank, George
81 Cruikshank, George Four works by George Cruikshank bound together, including: (1) Phrenological Illustrations, or An Artist's View of the Craniological System of Doctors Gall and Spurzheim. (2) Illustrations of Time. (3) Scraps and Sketches. To be Continued Occasionally. (4) Scraps and Sketches, Part the Second.
London Cruikshank himself. Sold by J. Robins and Co. 1827, 1827, 1828, 1829, respectively Half Calf. Marbled Boards. Very Good 
Oblong, 26.5 by 37.5 cm. 24 hand-colored plates. Note that all of these are works often encountered in black and white, or without hand-coloring. One of the plates for Scraps and Sketches, the first part, is grouped in the Part the Second -- both are supposed to have six plates. (Title, 3, six hand-colored plates, blank, title, six hand-colored plates, blank, title, five hand-colored plates, blank, title, seven hand-colored plates, blank.) The four works, while separate, are all of a piece in their oblong dimensions, their general format and humor, their publication details (self-published, with Robins as the vendor). Phreonological Illustrations here was issued one year after the first edition, but the plates are all watermarked August 1826. The Illustrations of Time is a first edition. Cohn 178 and 179. The Scraps and Sketches are both first editions. Cohn 180. Two other installments, those of 1830 and 1831, are not included here. Light scattered foxing and soiling (finger smudges) throughout, with most of it on the tissue guards. On the prelims and two text pages of Phrenological Illustrations the foxing is a bit more prevalent. Edgewear to the binding, with rubbing along the edges especially at the corners. Rebacked, with matching leather. Newer endpapers. Handsome original leather label on front board. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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82 Cruikshank, George Points of Humour (Two parts in one)
London C. Baldwyn 1823-4 First edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 21.5 by 13.5 cm. 47, [1]; vi, 56, [1] pp. With two states of 20 plates, with one version hand-colored, the other not. The second, B/W suite of the plates, is all on India paper and bound in. Additional woodcut illustrations in text. Binding by Riviere & Son is a full orange morocco with gilt ruled borders and spine gilt decoration and gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Accompanying the book is the bookplate of and a long manuscript note dated 1907 by antiquarian bookseller extraordinaire and Cruikshank expert H.W. Bruton with comments on the plates. Cohn 176. Spine very slightly darkened, and some very light wear besides. Occasional light foxing. 
Price: 875.00 USD
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The Man in the Moon &c. &c. &c. A Speech from the Throne, to the Senate of Lunataria In the Moon, Cruikshank, George, illustrator
83 Cruikshank, George, illustrator The Man in the Moon &c. &c. &c. A Speech from the Throne, to the Senate of Lunataria In the Moon
London William Hone 1820 Third Edition Pamphlet Very Good 
8vo. 16 pp, including the cover. Featuring 15 woodcuts by Cruikshank. Political satire tract written in light verse, mocking George IV, then still Regent, and other political figures of the day. Cohn 527. Lightly soiled. Still bound by stitching. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Cruikshank's Comic Almanack First and Second Series (Two Volumes) An Ephemerie in Jest and Earnest, Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities.  By Thackeray, Albert Smith, Gilbert a Beckett, the Brothers Mayhew.  With many hundred Illustrations by George Cruikshank and other artists., Cruikshank, George, illustrator.
84 Cruikshank, George, illustrator. Cruikshank's Comic Almanack First and Second Series (Two Volumes) An Ephemerie in Jest and Earnest, Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities. By Thackeray, Albert Smith, Gilbert a Beckett, the Brothers Mayhew. With many hundred Illustrations by George Cruikshank and other artists.
London James Camden Hotten 1835-1853 First edition, as stated Full Straight Grained Morocco Very Good 
8vo. 19 by 13 cm. 388, 428 pp. Original cloth boards and spine bound in. Mild sunning to spine and along joints. Rubbing along joints as well. Clean within. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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85 Cruikshank, George, illustrator. The Green Bag: "A Dainty Dish to Set Before a King;" A Ballad of the Nineteenth Century, By the Author of "The Political A, Apple Pie." With Thirteen Cuts.
London J. Robins and Co. 1820 Seventh Edition NA Very Good 
8vo. 21 by 13 cm. 23, [1] pp. Light satiric verse mocking King George IV and his cabinet shortly after his coronation, with his divorce case against Caroline still looming. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Spectacular Whimsical Album of Cuban Cigarette Cards and Die-Cuts, 1869 to 1871, de Dios Yvañez y Valera, Juan (?)
86 de Dios Yvañez y Valera, Juan (?) Spectacular Whimsical Album of Cuban Cigarette Cards and Die-Cuts, 1869 to 1871
Habana (Havana, Cuba) Full Morocco Very Good 
Oblong, 23 by 34 cm. 142 leaves, with cards and surrounding decoration only on rectos. Containing a total of 547 chromolithographic cards, plus countless pieces of chromo die-cuts and cut-outs which provide most of the elaborate decoration, and which crucially make this album an extraordinary, unique work of "folk art". The paramount value of this album is its artistic pizazz as a piece. This is not to minimize the value of the collection of cigarette cards printed in Cuba. We believe a collection of cards this extensive is in all probability a rarity, but we can not so represent with 100 percent confidence. But we trust our eyes and experience to assert with such confidence the overarching aesthetic quality of the whole. The cards are organized by series, and these include a zoological ABC, scenes with Sancho Panza in "Don Quixote", Antoño y Ogoño, the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1867, an ornithological alphabet, children's games, animal hunting, months of the year (comical scenes relating to the months), an Englishman in America (depicting his bewilderment and ineptitude), vice and virtue (children acting as adults, with most scenes shown with characters in eighteenth century garb), African large mammals, a Cuban gallery, Spanish costume and types, flowers, tobacco (modes of smoking), Ottoman military uniforms, worldly things (humorist depictions of sophisticates), Gil Blas, dress of noblemen, medals, famous buildings, bicycles, juicy scenes (comical scenes of mayhem), Spanish regions, escutcheons of Spanish cities, famous women, absurdist situations (no title to this grouping of humorist caricature), anthropomorphic animals, equine circus and mythological figures. Following, a section entitles "Caprichos", are fifteen pages of chromolithographs, several pages of obects (vases, boxes) which have actual paint applied to them, and there are three pages of photographs worked into the die-cut collage designs (and one page with the photos apparently whited out). It is a tribute to the compiler/artist that while the cards themselves are clearly chromolithographs, all the intricate decoration is not, and one can easily mistake it for actual painting. Undeniably, the meticulous cutting and inspired placement of these decorative elements represent an artistry unto itself. The highlight of the album are the sections' title pages -- these do not have tobacco cards on them -- in which the artist often plays with the subject matter of the cards to come. Thus, for the first section, "Alfabeto Zoologico", the letters are made of cut-outs of frolicsome monkeys, as is the surrounding framing. We marvel how the artist was even able to find the pieces to assemble this. As to the creator, we are not sure. Juan de Dios Yvañez y Valera may just be the dedicatee. Condition: light to moderate soiling. Last page with a neat square hole where a card had once been. Binding scuffed, stained, etc. but still highly attractive and sound. 
Price: 14500.00 USD
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A Winter Sports Alphabet, Dennys, Joyce, pictures by, and verses by "Evoe"
87 Dennys, Joyce, pictures by, and verses by "Evoe" A Winter Sports Alphabet
London John Lane, The Bodley Head Ltd. 1926 First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Cloth spine. Near Fine 
The madcap joys of downhill, skating, curling and apres-ski when active sporting winter getaways in the Alps were first catching on big-time among the moneyed leisure class in the twenties. Insouciant flappers and all their uninhibited pleasures and spirit captured in this arch ABC! 4to. 27 by 18.5 cm. Unpaginated, 56 pp. Dancing, spooning and cocktails are as much a part of the antics as the more official sports. Based on the illustrations of curling, the very same people who were doing it then are still at it -- and they didn't look any younger then, nor had sweeter dispositions. The illustrations are rendered in black, gold yellow and white, with occasional touches of red. Light soiling to the paper pastedown. Cracked hinge at "S". Still, about as nice a copy as one is bound to find. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Album-Revue des Opinions.  Annee 1914, Devries, Maurice, ed.
88 Devries, Maurice, ed. Album-Revue des Opinions. Annee 1914
Paris 1913 Full Leather Very Good 
17 by 13 cm. One caricature per page, for a total of 366 caricatures (one per day, plus an introductory illustration), each in color, almost all accompanied by a few lines of light verse. The caricatures are of the famous of the day, from all walks of life -- theater, politics, the military, literature and graphic arts, high society, commerce, etc. -- and a few of an earlier time (Alfred de Musset, Cyrano du Bergerac, Jesus), not all of whom were French. The non-Gallic caricatures include people such as Andrew Carnegie, John Jacob Astor, Rockefeller and Paderewski. A few of the drawings are of fictional characters -- debatably this might include Cyrano or Biblical characters such as Methusaleh, and then some non-human characters such as Chanticler. Altogether it is a smorgasbord feast of colorful absurdist portraiture that can probably only be fully absorbed over many days. Contributors include, among the artists, Rip, Sem, Hemard, Mich, Poulbot, etc. -- a who's who of French comic illustrators of the day, in other words, some of whom are themselves depicted in the illustrations -- with the verses and captions by Jean Bastia, Numa Bles, Dominique Bonnaud, etc. Spine on top, and opens verticallly, or in typical calendar style, with the first half of the year represented on one side of the leaves, and then the book is flipped to reveal the second half on the verso of the leaves. Light wear to the binding. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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89 Dighton, Richard [Print] A London Nuisance Ple. 6th. An Unlucky Hit
Thos. McLean 
Hand-colored humorous print, man carrying chest, not seeing where he is going, hitting an elderly woman on her forehead with the piece of furniture. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 26 by 21 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 30 cm. 
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90 Dighton, Richard [Print] A London Nuisance, Ple. 1st. Passing a Mud Cart
Thos. McLean 
Hand-colored humorous print. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 26 by 21.5 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 36 cm. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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91 Dighton, Richard [Print] Presenting a Dropt Garter. Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense
Thos. McLean 
Hand-colored humorous print of a fancy ball. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 20 by 27 cm, oblong, and matted, it is 30 by 41 cm. Minor damage, or small hole, by caption, not affecting picture and not very conspicuous. 
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Kandid Kartoon Kapers, Edwards, Bill
92 Edwards, Bill Kandid Kartoon Kapers
New York, Washington, Hollywood Vantage Pres 1966 First Cloth Near Fine Very Good Jacket 
Scarce, with only three copies found on OCLC. Oblong, 14 by 20.5 cm. Unpaginated, about 90 pages of satirical cartoons about the KKK and race relations. Some of the cartoons are ambiguous as to their intent, and not a few are most definitely anachronistic in their humor. Even when Edwards' intention might be to ridicule the Klan, by today's standards he falls afoul of not just today's standards of political correctness, but also today's norms of more widely accepted standards of taste. Not a few today would question the very notion of making light of the Klan the way Edwards does, and the racial stereotypes that he seems to accept and work off of. Nonetheless, this book offers insight into general societal attitudes towards race relations into the sixties and prior to the assassination of Martin Luther King and other upheaval that soon followed. Dust jacket with a small closed tear and some foxing on the rear. Generally clean text within. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Commerce et Qualité, Effel, Jean, cartoonist
93 Effel, Jean, cartoonist Commerce et Qualité
Lyon Consortium General de Publicite de Lyon. Printer: Les Presses des Audin Automne, 1949 First Wraps Very Good 
Unusual comical promotion for 15 varied luxury businesses based in Lyon, including a watchmaker, a jeweler, a furrier, a florist, a shirtmaker, a couturier, an optician, a ceramist/glassmaker, a high-end shoe store, a handbag and glove business, a music store. For each, the business name, address and type are written on the cover of a folded sheet, accompanied by a cartoonish corner vignette, and then inside the folded sheet one comes upon a full-page cartoon with a jokey caption. 4to. 27.5 by 21.5 cm. 17 leaves, 15 of which are folded. (34 pages of mostly visual content, including the inside rear cover. Folded leaves have content on front and inside recto.) The artwork and humor is very broad, a bit vulgar, and might bring to mind the naughty cartoons of a Shel Silverstein or the strip cartoons of "B.C." Illustrations have orange/fleshy tinting. On the cover is a short manuscript inscription by the cartoonist, Effel, to a recipient, signed with his very singular artistic signature -- it is a loopy round swirl. Scarce, with only two copies found on OCLC -- at BNF, and Lyon. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Life in London; or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, Accompanied By Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in Their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis, Egan Pierce
94 Egan Pierce Life in London; or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, Accompanied By Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in Their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis
London Sherwood, Neely and Jones 1821 First Full Calf Near Fine Cruikshank, George and I. R. 
8vo. 24 by 15.5 cm. xvi + 376 pp., 36 color aquatint plates by I.R. and George Cruikshank, with fold outs of song. No footnote on page 9 and first song fold-out without numeration, indicating first issue. Full calf by Lloyd, Wallie & Lloyd is bright and healthy, with some rubbing long joints. Offsetting onto tissue guards. Generally pages and plates generally clean. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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95 Ethel Watts Mumford, Oliver Herford and Addson Mizner The Entirely New Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1905
San Francisco Paul Elder and Company 1904 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
12mo. Unpaginated, about 240 pp. Full of witty, ironic aphorisms and duotone whimsical illustrations of animals, jokers, and the like. The larger-than-life playboy, architect and polymath Addison Mizner was a contributor! With plaid fabric covers. The fabric colors are sunned a bit. Otherwise, tight and clean. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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96 Faed, John, illustrator Legend of St. Swithin: A Rhyme for Rainy Weather With 12 Illustrations by John Faed, Esq.
London, Edinburgh and Aberdeen Hamilton, Adams & Co., J. Menzies, etc. 1861 Full Morocco Very Good 
Comical narrative poem about the early Medieval patron saint of Winchester Cathedral, drought and draughts (of ale)! 4to. 27 by 21 cm. 21 pp, hand-colored lithographic title page plus eleven other hand-colored lithographic plates. (The book is generally not encountered with hand-coloring.) John Faed (1819-1902) was a Scottish painter very popular in his day. His artwork can now be found in the National Gallery of Scotland and other museums. Gorgeous full crushed straight-grained deep purple morocco binding, with diamond-shaped geometric design on boards, gilt spine decoration, turn-ins. All edges gilt. Light foxing or soiling on some text pages. A few discrete repairs of minor closed tears on text pages. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Caricature Self-Portrait "Little Breeches", Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941)
97 Ford, Henry Justice (1860-1941) Caricature Self-Portrait "Little Breeches"
Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1900. The pen and ink, lightly tinted, drawing is 20 by 15 cm. It is an amusing self-portrait, all big blocky head, boots, and suspenders suspended over the artist's pate. Not really characteristic of this versatile artist's work, yet a splendid work of great economy and humor, somewhat in the vein of Edward Lear. Ford is best remembered today for illustrating the dozen Andrew Lang colored fairy book series, and next for illustrating works by Scott, Kipling and many others. He also did free-standing painting, and some of his work belongs now to museum collections. Matted. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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Lazy Lyrics, Gardom, Edmund Westby (1832?-1889?)
98 Gardom, Edmund Westby (1832?-1889?) Lazy Lyrics
1871-1882 Pebbled Cloth Very Good 
Fabulous collection of original songs, musical parodies (of opera) and playlets illustrated throughout with vignettes of great whimsy, some in color. 8vo 24 by 19 cm. 143 leaves, or close to 200 pp. The 120 or so illustrations abound in effete courtiers, crones, damsels, funny hats, outlandish gowns, the characters of opera, all rendered with precision and fine detail. The artist was a true miniaturist inasmuch as the very smallness of the scale is bound to bring delight and appreciation -- one is unlikely to wish the drawings were any larger. The light verse he concocted is a perfect complement to the illustrations, and one can wonder whether these parodies were performed in the parlour! Among the works are "Lucrezia Borgia", inspired by Donizetti; "The Lay of the Claimant", a spoof on the Victorian cause celebre Roger Tickborne, who claimed to be an heir to an baronetcy, and was subsequently imprisoned for perjury; "The Shah of Persia", an Orientalist romp; "The Frolic of Love", which makes fun of various national stereotypes in the matter of romance; "The Rink and Rinkers", which must be one of the earliest send-ups of the new fad of roller skating (the patent for roller skates with four wheels dates to 1863 and this lyric is dated 1876); "The Zoo", with original anthropomorphic renderings; "Lord Mayor's Day", with caricatures of Disraeli and Gladstone; and several other winsome pieces. Throughout the author suggests melodies from opera and operetta to sing his verses to. Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of the manuscript is the perfect union of verse and illustration, which each complementing and enriching the other -- this is something seldom encountered in amateur efforts. Dampstain on rear board. 
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Non Mi Ricordo, George Cruikshank
99 George Cruikshank Non Mi Ricordo
London William Hone 1820 Twenty-ninth Edition Brochure Very Good Minus 
A scarce satire on the testimony of Queen Caroline's Italian servant in the notorious divorce proceedings initiated by George IV against her. 8vo. 21 by 13 cm. 16 pp. With three woodcuts by George Cruikshank. Cohn 606. Last leaf loose. Light soiling. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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[Caricatures of Gillray], Gillray, James (1756-1815)
100 Gillray, James (1756-1815) [Caricatures of Gillray]
London and Edinburgh John Miller and W. Blackwood Full Straight-Grained Morocco Near Fine 
A spectacular assemblage of the master caricaturist's oeuvre! Politicians, fashion, actors and opera singers, ladies playing cards, sportsmen (skaters, hunters), connoisseurs and aesthetes, royalty, the rich and the rabble -- nothing was sacred before Gillray's acerbic eye and brush! N.d., 1818. Oblong 4to, 23 by 32.5 cm. 164 pp., plus 85 hand-colored aquatint or engraved plates, four of which are folding. The coloring is throughout rich and bright. No small part of what makes this survey a true treasure are the typically three or four pages (occasionally less, occasionallyl more) of droll commentary that accompany each plate. These short essays provide the context and explain the goings-on in the illustrations, which might have even been sometimes obscure then after the passage of a few years. In doing this, the text aspires to capture some of the Gillray voice but in more than clipped dialogue bubbles. At times these explanations might themselves beg for further interpretation for the reader of today, but they are also rich in cultural and social material that greatly augments the Gillray artwork. The collection is bound to be a revelation to anyone not already very familiar with Gillray in its diverse subject matter, for Gillray excelled equally at political satire and social and cultural mockery. And even when the subject matter is not immediately accessible to us, one can not but relish the imagination Gillray applied to it and the material remains highly risible regardless. Gillray was not an artist notable for his delicacy, and yet his broad, sometimes outrageous visual antics truly transcend the genre. This bound copy combines what was issued in nine separate installments. Elegantly bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in a full straight-grained red morocco, with gilt border and spine decoration, turn-ins, etc. Bearing the bookplate of "A. M. Broadley", or Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916) who was a well-known barrister, historian and bibliophile -- he wrote "Napoleon in Caricature 1795-1821". Not incidentally, there are quite a few cartoons in this book lampooning Napoleon. Repaired front joint. A few scuffs to the binding, some edgewear and rubbing, but it remains a luxuriantly beautiful binding. Lacking a title page, but it should be noted also that this collection was not issued as a single volume, and the installments had wrap covers, not proper title pages as such. Some occasional dampstaining and heavy age toning to a few leaves, with scattered light foxing besides. Yet given the heft of the work, we would consider the collection overall quite clean, with the blemishes in balance quite minimal, or certainly not significantly marring the entirety. 
Price: 17500.00 USD
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